It is ON. It is SO on!

Come on September, hit me with your best shot. Bring on Scouts, sewing lessons, homework for grade 5, 7 & 12, a snowstorm of school paperwork, fundraisers, concerts, limiting computer time, get your butts to bed, hurry and get up for school, don’t eat that, do eat this, did you pack your lunch?, Mom I need money for an agenda, Mom we have a field trip tomorrow, Mom can we order Scholastic books? 

Also: personal hygiene of everyone living under my roof. Also: pick up your shit! Your shoes are in the way. When did you last change your bed sheets? 

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The China Study

This book is what I’m reading now, when I take time to read. This book attempts to convince me that the data contained here is to be believed above all other health advice I’ve ever read elsewhere. Tall order. The preface and introduction consist of a professional resume of the author and a professional reference from 2 of his peers. That’s not to say his education and experience isn’t impressive; because it is. This PhD has spent the better part of 40 years teaching, researching (with grants) nutrition and its effect on animals and humans. While I’m reading this book, I’m thoroughly convinced of all the arguments presented by him. Once out in the world, away from the book, I start to become confused again. 

This doctor’s research has taken place all over the world, including Philippines and Haiti, but he most often criticizes the American health system, American lifestyle, and American education system. Even though I’m Canadian, many of these criticisms are valid here in Canada. It’s true we are obese, eating junk, sedentary, and easily led to continue this path and we also want to believe in the ‘magic bullet’ approach to weight loss and perfect health. The enjoyment of the junk food keeps us distracted and addicted to it. 

I spent a lot of time this summer trying to relax, specifically trying to un-clench my jaw. This spring was full of all different kinds of stress. It’s hard to explain to a 10 year old why Mommy wants her to stop asking so many questions and please stop asking for more more more because Mommy can’t take it anymore. I totally understand how spoiled children occur. Sometimes I feel like I’m trying to empty an ocean using a teaspoon. Or else I feel like I’m walking through water, legs weighed down and trying to fight the tide. I’ve probably mentioned that analogy before, because it’s apt. 

Work continues on, and I continue to be confused about it, yet grateful to have a ‘decent’ job. I have lots of good friends at work. I know how lucky I am to have that. This post is not going to turn into a woe is me, I have low job satisfaction. 

From Wikipedia: The China Study is a “20-year study that began in 1983 and was conducted jointly by the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Cornell University, and the University of Oxford.” Also, “The study examined mortality rates from 48 forms of cancer and other chronic diseases from 1973 to 1975 in 65 counties in China; the data was correlated with 1983–84 dietary surveys and bloodwork from 6,500 people, 100 from each county.” So, suffice it to say the body of evidence is impressive and believable. 

I’m a chubby long-time vegetarian who has recently decided to bite the bullet and go completely vegan. Aided by an iPhone app created in part by my stepdaughter, I have many recipes to try out. Some of them are inedible. Holy crap terrible. Sometimes husband looks at me as if to ask ” Why are you doing this to me?” The midgets are up in arms, afraid of how they will survive without cereal & milk, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, and hamburgers. I don’t blame them I suppose, but their lack of faith is disappointing. 

I’m determined to find vegan recipes that taste good to all of my family. No small feat, since the youngest midgets don’t like tomatoes, mushrooms, chickpeas, hummus, or avocado. Also they cannot take seeds and nuts to school, due to extreme allergies of some of the students. And I limit the amount of soy we all eat because years ago a homeopath told me soy is very processed and not very healthy. Even on Snopes.com the verdict on soy is yellow (green means true, red means untrue, yellow means partially true). Maybe Dr. Campbell will talk about soy in this book and proclaim it fine for consumption. But why would I believe him? 

 

Questions

This morning I got my income taxes calculated and filed by an accountant (?) recommended by a work friend. I went to him last year and was very impressed with his speed and thoroughness. I couldn’t tell you his name though because I don’t know it. He is Chinese and so is his name.

Last year we were given his home address where he operated his business. This year we had a vague memory where he was located, so we took a drive over there. We thought we had driven too far up the street on which we thought he had been located. Miraculously we found his house. I went up to the front door and rang the bell. Meanwhile husband saw a very faded sign in the front window (the house faces east) that said he had moved to a different address. The address was very faint, and remember we don’t know his name so we couldn’t google.

We drove to the next address and we actually found him. I went in the front door and recognized him immediately. Whew. Went back out to the car to get paperwork… Which was not there because we forgot it at home.

Back into the car to drive home and get papers. The whole ride home we were both stressed and annoyed with traffic, construction, noise, and slow, old, drivers who should not have a driver’s license.

Back to accountant (if that’s what he is, because I don’t actually know if that’s his title). I handed over my pages and he worked his magic while we sat there and waited for questions. Personally I was waiting for him to ask for information that I had forgotten to collect and bring along. Seriously. I felt like I was in an exam for which I had not studied, for a course I didn’t understand in the first place (i.e. 10th grade science).

After a grand total of 20 minutes, Mr. Whiz had completed my taxes and husband’s taxes, which we had not even planned to file today. When he started asking husband his birth date, I turned to husband and informed him he was now getting his taxes done. Husband had no idea. Nonetheless we think Mr. Whiz did a good job and we are thrilled to be getting nice returns. This is good because I went to Ikea yesterday.

What I read online

New York Times

http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.ca/?m=1: This blogger rambles a LOT but there are some interesting stories to read here.

Dlisted.com: This blog is total celebrity dishing and good fun.

Theberry.com: Silly pictures and funny stories.

Ricksteves.com: Amazing travel writer, specializing in the less popular and therefore more meaningful sites. I’ve been listening to his pod casts lately to gather info for our trip to Great Britain next year.

I used to read Perez Hilton but a number of years ago he turned nice. I don’t have a problem with nice as long as there’s no ass-kissing and the niceness is believable.

I used to read gofugyourself.com but there is, it turns out, a finite number of insults one can use to criticize a celebrity’s outfit.